We’re Moving!

April 6, 2013 § 1 Comment

We’re excited to announce that our blog will be moving!

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We’ve outgrown our Waggledancing.com space and are now heading over to be part of the Be Sweet main page at http://besweetproducts.com/be-sweet-blog/. Please head on over there starting Monday, April 8th for new content.

Change your bookmarks, feeds and email notifications and join us in our new home! See you there!

Wednesday Inspiration

April 3, 2013 § 1 Comment

How does this photo inspire you?

Diego Uchitel

Arm Knitting

April 1, 2013 § Leave a comment

Yup, you read that correctly. Arm knitting.

Dubbed “the fastest way to make a chunky scarf,” I tend to agree with that remark after watching the video!

© Simply Maggie

© Simply Maggie

For those of us who are crafty, you can make a few dozen of these over the course of a day (hello holiday knitting!) or gather up a few different Be Sweet yarns, hold them all together as one strand and knit up an extra fabulous version! For the not-so-crafty folk out there, you can buy a handmade version here.

Read/watch the online tutorial over at Simply Maggie here.

How clever is that?!

Hop To It

March 29, 2013 § Leave a comment

Easter is on Sunday, readers. What better way to prep a basket for a loved one than crocheting up a bunny?

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© Janette Williams

Designed by Janette Williams, this free pattern would work up beautifully in our Cotton Candy or Bamboo (or any of our fabulous yarns)! Free pattern available here.

Happy Easter!

 

Wednesday Inspiration

March 27, 2013 § 4 Comments

How does this image inspire you?

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Zest

March 25, 2013 § Leave a comment

Happy Monday, readers!

Your fearless blogger is stuck for another day on vacation in sunny southwest Florida (I know, woe is me) due to inclement weather while trying to get home. I can’t complain… I look outside my window and see sunshine, palm trees and the swimming pool beckons, while at home there’s snow, sleet and slush.

Much of the country is getting slammed with a late March snowstorm, so I thought I’d try to bring a bit ‘o sunshine to you. I made this recipe at Christmas and were they ever a hit! There wasn’t one left on a plate and I was asked for the recipe more than once that evening.

Smitten Kitchen’s lemon bars are the tastiest thing to ever grace this Earth. I’m serious. Snow got you down? Cold snap killing your crocuses? Make these bars and I PROMISE you’ll feel like spring wafted through your kitchen (and tummy).

This recipe ran on her blog back in 2008, but these bars continue to delight taste buds on a constant basis.

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all images this post © Smitten Kitchen

Lemon Bars
Adapted from The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook

These are bold and tart lemon bars, ones I feel are best in smaller doses than Ina Garten suggests. I’ve made a few changes to the recipe–increased the salt in the crust, reduced the sugar in the lemon filling and an encouragement to grease your pan, as mine were all but cemented into their non-stick pan. For those of you who like the 1:1 crust to lemon layer ratio, use the second option.

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For the crust:
1/2 pound unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 cups flour
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

For the full-size lemon layer:
6 extra-large eggs at room temperature
2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 tablespoons grated lemon zest (4 to 6 lemons)
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 cup flour

Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting

[Or] for a thinner lemon layer:

4 extra-large eggs at room temperature
1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest (3 to 4 lemons)
2/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
2/3 cup flour

Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting

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Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a 9 by 13 by 2-inch baking sheet.

For the crust, cream the butter and sugar until light in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Combine the flour and salt and, with the mixer on low, add to the butter until just mixed. Dump the dough onto a well-floured board and gather into a ball. Flatten the dough with floured hands and press it into the greased baking sheet, building up a 1/2-inch edge on all sides. Chill.

Bake the crust for 15 to 20 minutes, until very lightly browned. Let cool on a wire rack. Leave the oven on.

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For the lemon layer, whisk together the eggs, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, and flour. Pour over the crust and bake for 30 to 35 minutes (less if you are using the thinner topping), or about five minutes beyond the point where the filling is set. Let cool to room temperature.

Cut into rectangles and dust with confectioners’ sugar.

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Say it with me now, readers… “What snow? YUM.”

Soak It Up

March 22, 2013 § Leave a comment

We simply adore Jacqueline Sava, founder and brains behind Soak wash. Every knitter knows Soak and many use it to wash their knits.

Jacqueline was kind enough to sit down with us recently for a brief interview.

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Be Sweet (BS): How did you start Soak? Did you see a need in the market, was it an idea that just came to you…?

Jacqueline Sava (JS): I used to design knitwear and people always asked me how to take care of it. Our customers had a modern take on life and fashion, so we wanted to offer them a modern solution for fiber care as well. Now, we’ve got a warehouse full of Soak! We’re all still wearing my stylish knits.

circa 1999

circa 1999

BS: How long have you been knitting and who taught you?

JS: One might say I learned how to knit when I was about 12. My mother might say I never learned how to finish a project though! I took up knitting again at RISD, when I met a knitting machine for the first time. It was love at first sight. So, my mom taught me, and then the knitting machine and I fell in love.

BS: What do you like knitting the most?

JS: I like projects where I can learn new skills, and where each section is different, so it’s always a challenge. It’s not a garment specific answer…

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BS: What is your favorite Soak scent?

JS: Yuzu, the new scent is my current favorite. Celebration will always be right up there as well. Yuzu is both fresh and seductive. It’s also amazing in our Handmaid luxury hand creme. It’s like a little dreamy treat every time I use it.

BS: We hear you love our T-Shirt yarn. What do you knit with it and is that your favorite Be Sweet yarn?

JS: I love knitting quick projects with T-Shirt yarn. Necklaces are my go to item. Quick fun projects that have great style appeal when worn. Plus, they’re casual, so they are great for everyday at the office. It’s also the perfect gift project. Admittedly, I also love that every time I see a stash at a store or show, it’s always different, so even though it’s production yarn, I feel like it’s a bit more unique and that I’ve maybe scored a one-of-a-kind skein.

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BS: I am a huge fan of the Soak soaking bins. What else does Soak offer?

JS: Our latest and greatest innovation is the Soakbox. This limited edition Soakbox includes a bottle of Soak and Handmaid luxury creme, stylishly matched to premium nail polish and custom hand-dyed yarn from Lorna’s Laces. Pattern included by the lovely and talented Fiona Ellis.  There’s one to match each Soak fragrance.

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BS: Your favorite sweet treat?

JS: Truth be told, I’m a savory girl. I’d choose chips over sweets… unless there was mint chocolate chip ice cream nearby.

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Thanks, Jacqueline! We heart Soak and we know our readers do as well!

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